Proof on Main

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2763 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
The ingredients in our menus reflect the region’s sustainable farmers and producers with a soulful and honest approach showcasing the bounty of the Ohio River Valley. Housed in five historic buildings in downtown Louisville, Proof on Main is part of 21c Museum Hotels, the award-winning boutique hotel and restaurant group. The dining room is one of the most striking public spaces in the city, with rotating, contemporary art exhibitions by local and internationally-acclaimed artists alike.

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Mother's Day Brunch we will offer a 3-course menu, with options within each course for $34/person (the Little Penguins menu will be available for children 12 and under).

Sunday, May 12, 2019

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Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was good but the service was not as good as the restaurant commanded.

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Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, staff and ambiance. You’ll enjoy this fun and quirky place.

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Omaha
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved the ambiance. Price point was a little high... wish there were a few more main entree choices. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to others.

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Memphis
11 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good we went back twice during our stay. Billy was the bomb.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great time with friends. Fabulous food and wine!

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New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Interesting menu. The halibut cheeks and tail special appetizer was excellent, the califlower steak had lots of interesting flavors, the rib eye was a bit chewy - chocolate pudding was spicy and good. Excellent wine by the glass, beer and bourbon selection. The restaurant has very interesting art - don’t miss the extensive art exhibit in the hotel lobby.

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Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific guest experience enhanced with well-prepared and creative cuisine. Big surprise to us was how the dynamic artwork gave this place a contemporary 'pop'. Bartenders were super knowledgeable and informative about the many bourbons they carry and fun to interact with. Highly recommend!

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancée and I went here for lunch on our anniversary! The service and food was outstanding from start to finish. Chef Jerrin took amazing care of us. He went out of his way to make our day special!! Everything was phenomenal, but the octopus and bison burger really stood out! Don’t even get me started on the desserts. Highly recommended to anyone.

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Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu is small and focused but food was amazing. All our meals made us go wow.

Bourbon flights were a nice touch too.

Great wine choice.

A must see is the art collection either before or after dinner.

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DG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The staff at Proof on Main were very attentive and knowledgeable. My salmon was very flavorful and cooked to perfection. However the steaks our guests ordered, although cooked well, had no flavor. We also felt that our meal was very expensive.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Our server was very sweet but she appeared rushed and distracted when engaging with our table. The food also took a long time to come out and no one checked in with us to give an update. We liked the decor and art all around. The experience wasn’t bad overall, but we definitely had higher expectations on the service we received.

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KM
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We were told by quite a few people to try Proof. We didn’t have time for dinner, so went for a late brunch. It was delicious. The carrot bread is to die for, we had it for dessert ! The egg sandwich and hot chicken were extremely good. Because we were a little late, our server was serving most tables. Other people stepped up to help him, so all was good.

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New England
20 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good and the service was gracious. The dining rooms are beautiful and the restaurant is adjacent to a terrific art collection. My only quarrel was with the prices. It was New York prices and beyond for a very good but not outstanding meal.

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Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome fresh food. Not your everyday offering a must try. The Smokey old fashion was outstanding. The pork the best I ever had.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was not good , my have been an off night. Texas Roadhouse steak is killing their steak. My food was room temp and server was terrible

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We felt that the value for the dollar was only just okay. This is a very expensive restaurant.

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic through and through.

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New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite a find. The food is phenomenal. in fact, the octopus is probably the best I've had, anywhere (including the homeland, Italia). And the burger (bison) was perfect--great meat from their own ranch, fabulous sauces, and excellent fries. AND, to top it all off, the wine list (while small) was perfectly paired with the food and included rarities (e.g., a pure Croatina from Piemonte, almost never seen in the U.S.). If in LouIsville, DON'T MISS THIS PLACE!!

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Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The very best service from your hostess to your waitstaff. Our dinners were delightful, full of exciting flavors. My salmon melted in my mouth with such memorable taste.
When we return to Louisville this will become our go to" for the best meal

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our party of four enjoyed Saturday brunch. The service was very good. The restaurant is comfortable and not too loud. We loved the French toast appetizer, dessert before the meal, excellent. We each had a different entree, including one vegetarian. Personally, the shrimp and grits were good but the egg white was a little under cooked. Everyone else was very pleased. We visited the art gallery after dining and it was a wonderful way to stretch a bit on a full stomach. Lovely atmosphere. Well worth a visit.

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Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing as always. Wonderful service.

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ES
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great atmosphere, helluva drinks list. Expensive, but fantastic for a special occasion dinner.

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Memphis
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Proof on Main! Such a fun spot with great food and wonderful service!

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Berlin
8 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Beautiful restaurant with excellent servers
Everyone was extremely pleasant and friendly but we had to remind them of things multiple times
Explained that one of the Diner’s could not eat spicy foods, and they repeatedly brought things heavily spiced
Clearly the chef and kitchen staff are very talented, but all of the food choices were very New age different/ avant-garde even
Well I appreciated their creativity, there was very little on the menu that we could find to eat
I think it would be nice to have a mixture of some highly creative dishes and then a few comfort items as well
It was very difficult for a group to find things to eat
Although clearly the food was cooked to perfection and very artful

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very impressed with this restaurant from start to finish. If proof on main was in my home town it would be among the top of my list and I would dine here regularly.

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Cleveland
25 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Had the ribeye with root vegetables and the gem salad which all tasted great.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Proof was recommended as a great experience and it exceeded our expectations

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Milwaukee
30 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was mediocre, we were ignored in the beginning and the waiters chatted behind us. Time lagged between appetizers and main dishes. Some dishes had spices that were over done and lacked focus. Good cocktail and wine list. Pork chops were the best on the menu. 3-4 dishes were “out” which was strange for a Tuesday night.

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Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We decided to go there before an event at the Yum center. The waiter and service was great, but the food took almost 35 minutes from the time we ordered until it arrived making us rushed to the show. Not a lot on the menu that sounded good. I had the bison burger and it was good but too salty, the fries with it were delicious! Did not like the cauliflower and root vegetable side.

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k
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spent my birthday at 21C/Proof ON Main. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience. My server, Alex was attentive & helpful. My meal was outstanding.

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Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience and food.

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HH
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made reservations for my sons 22nd birthday. The whole experience was delightful. Thank you and we will be back.

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KG
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

There was a lot of on-line hype about Proof on Main so we tried it for Sunday brunch (with a reservation) on a recent visit to Louisville. We were pleasantly greeted and seated. Our server, a young man, was friendly, but not particularly attentive. Perhaps he was new? He did not offer us a review of the menu, even when prompted. Upon being given an either-or option of two items under consideration, he was non-committal. My wife ordered a drink and it was never served, nor was it on our bill. He simply forgot. Our food was just ok. The P.O.M. version of Eggs Benedict I had was dry and very salty. My wife's brisket & cheddar sandwich had onion on it that overpowered both the brisket and the cheddar. The atmosphere was very interesting and the noise level was reasonable given the time of day and busyness of the dining room. If you are looking for a really unique visual experience, this is your place. The decor is fascinating. If you are looking for outstanding food at a reasonable price, go elsewhere. Overall, 3-stars for what was perhaps an over-hyped restaurant long on visual candy but short on gastronomic satisfaction and service.

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Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience-food was delicious and great portions. After our meal we walked through the art galleries-so relaxing and a wonderful break on a cold day.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent experience

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MP
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and service superb. Everyone cleaned their plated

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Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good —Ordered House wine & it was pricey! Other than that, A-OK

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Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hosted business guests for dinner and selected Proof on Main based on search for extensive bourbon menu. First visit for all of us and enjoyed the setting, the mix of spaces, great dining room, super hip bar, spacious gallery and clever twists. All of our food selections were amazing, drinks great and desserts were icing on the cake. We were making plans for our next visit before we finished our night caps!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

We went there for a birthday and all 4 of our bison burgers were undercooked. It was not worth the money.

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AF
Indiana
14 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I was kinda rushed due to musical tickets. Alex was a great Waitress and helped me navigate a great meal & make curtain call. The Pop Tarts were fantastic, if you Love liver pate that is. (I do) I’d go back to take my time. Everything was delicious and staff was great. The museum hotel definitely bleeds into the atmosphere. It was fun sitting next to a buffalo and poppies, admiring David’s @$$ outside. 🤣😊

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